China-swiss bi­lat­eral trade

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ties be­tween China and Europe (and with the coun­tries within the re­gion). To en­hance the con­nec­tiv­ity among the coun­tries on the New Silk Road, the im­prove­ment of in­fra­struc­ture is a key pri­or­ity

ean­while, China is one of Switzer­land’s most im­por­tant for­eign trade part­ners, the largest mar­ket for Swiss ex­ports in Asia and the third largest world­wide af­ter the EU and the US. There­fore, the “Belt and Road” Ini­tia­tive of­fers West­ern and Swiss com­pa­nies tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties for po­ten­tial co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese in the fields of in­fra­struc­ture, fi­nan­cial and pro­fes­sional ser­vices, ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing as well as trans­port and lo­gis­tics.

Swiss banks al­ready deal with Ren­minbi busi­ness, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies co­op­er­ate with Chi­nese part­ners, Swiss in­dus­trial com­pa­nies con­trib­ute tech­nolo­gies to Chi­nese na­tional owned com­pa­nies, Swiss agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and know- how could well sat­isfy the need of con­vert­ing to new- style pro­fes­sional farm­ers in China. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for agri­cul­tural equip­ment com­pa­nies are also on the rise, as well as a bet­ter out­look for Swiss clean tech com­pa­nies.

Pos­si­ble busi­ness mod­els for part­ner­ships with Chi­nese com­pa­nies could be joint part­ner­ships, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, in­vest­ment fund­ing or en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion (a form of con­trac­tual agree­ment in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try).

to think across the board and not only look at the size of the mar­ket, the tax in­cen­tives and the level of salaries. Switzer­land might not be the cheap­est place to set up a fac­tory but is cer­tainly one of the most ef­fi­cient and busi­ness friendly en­vi­ron­ment you can find in Europe.

Quite a few Chi­nese com­pa­nies ac­tive in the so­lar en­ergy, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy and pharma in­dus­try are present in Switzer­land. In­dus­tries where Switzer­land is strong and where clus­ters ex­ist will at­tract in­vestors in or­der to find sup­pli­ers, part­ners and cus­tomers.

There are mul­ti­ple ways of in­vest­ing in Switzer­land for Chi­nese in­vestors. The most of­ten cho­sen is the set-up of a sales of­fice, a global head­quar­ter or a R& D cen­ter. To fa­cil­i­tate the pro­ce­dure of in­vest­ment in Switzer­land, for­eign in­vestors may use the con­sult­ing ser­vices of the Swiss Busi­ness Hub at the Swiss Em­bassy and Con­sulates Gen­eral. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the home­page of Switzer­land En­ter­prise Global:

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